Peace Corps Côte d'Ivoire Women In Development (WID) web page

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Peace Corps Côte d'Ivoire Women In Development (WID) web page


The Women in Development (WID) Committee was created in 1993 by the Peace Corps volunteers of Ctte d'Ivoire, West Africa. The committee develops projects promoting women's health, education and socioeconomic independence.

One of the issues that the WID committee addresses is gender inequality in access to secondary school education. A study conducted in Cote d'Ivoire in 1996 indicated that only 36% of the total number of students enrolled in the sixth grade during the 1992-3 academic year were female. In response to this discrepancy, the WID scholarship project was created to encourage school girls to pursue their education despite financial barriers. The scholarship project was implemented by Peace Corps in 1995 in collaboration with the Ivorian Ministry of Education and the Ministry for the Promotion of Women and the Family.

Currently, the WID Scholarship Committee is actively seeking collaboration with Ivorian non-governmental organizations, in an effort to assure the long-term sustainability and development of the scholarship project.

# Project Goal To encourage disadvantaged Ivorian girls' pursuit of a secondary school education by reducing the financial responsibility of the recipient's family

# To increase the number of educated women in Cote d'Ivoire

# To promote the health and well-being of Ivorian families by providing girls with educational opportunities

# To improve the overall socioeconomic status of Ivorian women

# To increase the number of women in leadership and entrepreneurial positions

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